This is my friend who I constantly accuse of following the latest fashions despite being blind to that fact. When I heard him talking up PC Music the other day, and claiming that he was into the label before Pitchfork wrote anything about them, I rolled my eyes.
Why? Pitchfork was very late to the party on them, publications like Fact and GvsB were supporting their music months before.We live in a fantastic era for new music, and thinking that doesn't just make you some transient fan riding the hipster train. With something like PC Music it will almost inevitably age badly as well, so you are missing out by not listening to it when it is part of the cultural zeitgeist.
PC Music is like the Attitude Era. Terrible a decade later but a lot of fun if you were involved in it.
Track record with him. I always call him out on jumping on the latest bandwagon, his defence is always that he was ahead of the curve. I say he's on the steam train, he denies it. I define cool as digging out an obscure and little appreciated album from 1972, he defines it by being one step ahead of pitchfork.
Swings and roundabouts but the point is that it's two distinctly different approaches. Although weirdly, that same friend has followed my lead on film and has now seen about a third of the sight and sound top 100 ... So maybe for him in music it's one way and with film another.
But you can see my point ...
In wrestling terms, being on the steam train is moaning about WWE booking decisions, getting into the New Japan hype and attending live shows. I'm not condemning that or anyone who wants to do that, but it's a long way from what I do and am about.
Lots of people here do both.